Bonus Smart Region Sessions
Missed a Session? Don't worry we have you covered!!
We know you’re an Olympian, but you’re also human and might not be able to attend every session. That’s why our Olympic Keynotes, Ski Lodge Firesides and breakout sessions will be recorded and shared to continue your quest for the gold (at your convenience).
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10:45 a.m. Olympic Village Breakout Sessions
Breaking Down Digital Barriers in Smart Cities
The smart cities movement has evolved from sensors on light poles aimed at improving traffic flow to connected platforms that are practical, efficient and equitable for government, businesses and residents. The rapid urbanization of cities in America and around the globe coupled with the rise of technology in the past 20 years has presented technologists and policymakers with a unique opportunity to try to fix the problems with life in cities. However, with the acceleration of tech in cities, there is the worry that some cities are exacerbating an ever-increasing digital gap between those with access to digital tools and resources and those that do not have access. Realizing this, cities are beginning to work together for digital equity, to ensure all residents and neighborhoods have the information technology capacity needed for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services. This panel will discuss specific examples of collaborations between education, community and business partners on intentional strategies and investments to create opportunities and to reduce and eliminate historical barriers to technology access and use.
Smart Campus - Stories to Inspire Action and Share Successes
Moderated by: John Rome - Deputy CIO ASU
As smart campus planning advances, one constant variable impacts the speed, trajectory and dismount: evolving stakeholder relationships. It all starts with building a collaborative mindset between technologists, educators and learners. Strap on those cross-country skis for the scenic route of intersecting and diverging perspectives from two smart campus leaders, Arizona State University and University of Kentucky. While their journeys and techniques may be nuanced, there is much common ground when it comes to defining what it means to be a smart campus today -- and 20 years from now. Cox Business, a significant R&D leader and investor in this space will share how sustainable practices call for sustainable solutions.
Fireside Chat & Evening Social
4:00 p.m. State of the Smart Region
The Connective brings together 23 city, town, and county local government organizations, all to collaboratively create the nation’s largest and most connected Smart Region. Get the latest update on how The Connective is transforming Greater Phoenix into a top global market for innovation and technology.
Following the State of the Smart Region, singer/songwriter Biddy Healey will perform an intimate acoustic solo set featuring music from her recent album, Salt River Bed. Healey's music is distinctive in its lyrical and harmonic richness, inspired by her hometown in Australia, the Sonoran desert surrounding Phoenix and the global ecological collapse we are now witnessing. Part entertainment and part exploration of the event’s themes, this performance will nudge you to connect more deeply to the country you are in.
6:00 p.m. State of the Smart Region Gala
Dean Doug Sylvester, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Join the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP), ASU, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), MAG, Cox Business and the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) for the Annual State of the Smart Region Gala! We’re excited to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Smart Region Consortium, officially called the Connective.
In this exclusive event, the State of the Smart Region Gala will gather Elected Officials, Chief Information Officers, University Leaders, and Technology Industry Champions to network, discuss, learn and showcase the latest advancements of Smart Campus, City and Region initiatives.
9:00 a.m. Olympic Keynote
The Future of Sports and EntertainmentRobert Mathews | Collaboration Strategist, AVI Systems
Rick Schantz| Head Coach, Phoenix Rising FC
Mark Feller | VP of Technology, Arizona Cardinals
Salvatore Galatioto | President of Galatioto Sports Partners
Stephen Rusche | Sr. Director, Smart Communities, COX Business
From the slopes of Winter Games to the field -- what will the game day look like in 5, 10, 20 years? Join experts in technology and education for a lively conversation around the intersection of sports, entertainment and technology. Digital tools and smart approaches are pushing the boundaries of immersive sports experiences in modern sports facilities and classrooms alike. Get insights into the emerging relationships between sport and esports facilities -- a growing trend in higher education. The panelists will also make future-focused ideas concrete by sharing how local Arizona sports teams are thinking about the customer and spectator experience.
10:45 a.m. Olympic Village Breakout Sessions
Smart Cities - Highlighting Local Stories from Cities/Towns in Maricopa County
Moderated by: Moderator: Chris Richardson | Deputy CIO ASU
Maricopa County in Arizona is home to a bevvy of cities and towns that have been stepping up in the face of the pandemic. Often the most Olympic-sized challenges lead to the local development of ideas and solutions that propel us into the future faster. This platinum medal session reveals the most shining silver linings from the local community as city leaders have leveraged lessons learned in COVID-19 to strengthen smart city infrastructure and strategic planning. Panelists make the trek downhill smoother by sharing new moves when it comes to competing against digital equity, building cross-functional teams that address the diversity of community needs and even navigating the Google Fiber RFP process.
The Smart City Lab as a Catalyst of Urban Innovation
Moderated by: Jason Whittet | Digital Innovation Lead, ASU CIC | Tempe
Smart regions need mechanisms to bring the community together and bring ideas to life. Smart cities labs by many different names have become popular across the world as a resource for urban innovation. This panel brings together leaders from labs across the world to share best practices for challenge selection, design thinking and innovation mechanisms and how to scale ideas from prototype to adoption.
11:45 a.m. Olympic Village Breakout Sessions
Future of Mobility: Global Perspectives
9:00 a.m. Olympic Keynote
Unlocking the Data to Drive a Smart Region Vision
Board our luge for a thrilling smart-region ride through the world of making complex decisions and proposing novel solutions to challenges through the use of data. Riding with you on this 45-minute excursion will be other thrill-seekers including elected officials, policymakers, and members of the research community. We will navigate twists and turns along the path to building out a smart and sustainable region, data utilization challenges, and taking advantage of the intersection of sustainable development goals, international standards, and smart regions.
2:00 p.m. Olympic Village Breakout Session
Automated Mobility and the Future of Cities
Ellie Casson | Head of City Policy, Waymo
Diana Bowman | Arizona State University
For city leaders, industry executives, and residents, automated vehicle technology has long been one of the most fascinating areas within the future-of-mobility space. This continues to be so, but 2020 certainly was a year in which optimistic forecasts had to be scaled back to a certain degree. Yet the underlying logic for automated driving, especially in cities, remains the same. We believe shared AVs can address mobility’s pain points in cities (such as road congestion, crowded parking spaces, and pollution) while revolutionizing urban mobility, making it more affordable, efficient, user-friendly, environment friendly, and available to everyone.
4:00 p.m. Olympic Village Breakout Session
Rise of the RegionsDean Sanjeev Khagram | Thunderbird School of Management
Brian Dean | The Connective
Raffaele Gareri | Chief Digital Transition Officer at the City of Rome
Jennifer Sanders | Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Dallas Innovation Alliance
Philip Thigo | Director for Africa, Thunderbird School of Global Management
How can we take all of the lessons learned from the event and begin collaborating together on a national/global scale? How can smart regions partner? What are some pathways for success that can be scaled?